Just in time for St Patrick’s Day, Irish Soda Bread is now available at Lovejoy Bakers. First conceived by homemakers in the 1880s who had neither ovens nor leavening, Irish Soda Bread was cooked in a heavy cast iron pot placed directly in the fire. It’s traditionally made with flour, baking soda, buttermilk and salt. Our version is scented with cardamom and gets a light dusting of crystallized sugar. Enjoy it warm, with a little butter and a cup of hot tea.
Lovejoy Bakers may be known for artisan breads, but our scratch-made soups are quickly becoming just as popular. Here is Chef JJ’s recipe for a rich and satisfying soup similar to Vichyssoise, but made with celeriac, commonly known as celery root. Celery root isn’t the prettiest vegetable on the outside, but when pureed with onions, thyme and yukon gold potatoes, it becomes wonderfully silky-smooth with a delicate celery flavor. It’s easy to prepare and makes a lovely dinner with a salad, and of course, a Lovejoy Bakers Baguette. Enough to serve 4.
For the Soup
2 cloves garlic – peeled
1 medium yellow onion – julienned
21/2 pounds of celery root – peeled and diced in large chunks
1/2 pound yukon gold potatos – peeled, diced in large chunks
1 quart milk
2 cups water
1 sprig thyme – leaves picked from stem
1 large bay leaf
1 1/2 tbs Champagne vinegar
2 cups heavy cream
1 1/2 tbs kosher salt
1/8 tsp ground white pepper
For the Garnish
Black Truffle Oil
Make the soup:
Fill a 6 quart soup pot with water and milk. Add the celeriac and potato directly to the pot to avoid oxidation. Add the onion, garlic, thyme & bay leaf. Bring to a low simmer and cook for 35 minutes or until tender. Remove bay leaf. Remove from heat. Add vinegar, cream, salt and white pepper.
Puree with a hand mixer until smooth and pass through a fine sieve. Ladle into 4 – 8oz bowls. Garnish with a little swirl of crème fraîche, a few dots of black truffle oil and a couple of lovely inner celery leaves for a beautiful finish. Serve warm and Enjoy!
2012 has flown by, and we wish to thank you, dear customers, for your kind patronage. Turning the page to 2013, we look forward to a fulfilling year in which hope is renewed and happiness can be found in the most humble of acts. May we suggest the singular enjoyment of freshly baked bread and butter?
Many have waxed poetic about the necessity and comfort of our daily bread. Lovejoy Bakers is a place to find such comfort… in all shapes and sizes! Here’s to a New Year filled with good bread, and the kind acts which result from a nourished soul.